Comment 39312

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted March 30, 2010 at 17:21:26

Kiely wrote ...

Even if some kids still won't get off their butts and put down the videogame controller to use it. Which I assume is at least part of what you were referring to when you said you have other ideas why kids don't ride bikes anymore?

I don't blame video games so much: after all, kids still need to get to their friends' houses in order to play video games. I assign primary blame to 1) over-protective parents who feel the need to escort (i.e. drive) their kids everywhere; 2) the six-lane expressways which bound many residential areas; 3) helmet laws, which mean that it's not just grab-your-bike-and-go for kids anymore.

Pulling this back on topic a little bit: I'm not sure if even curbed bike lanes would make much of a difference on any of these three reasons.

Comment edited by moylek on 2010-03-30 16:22:22

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